Australia in India 2008-09 October 5, 2008

Changing the guard

We have been down this road before, thinking wishfully, ignoring history and hoping against all the evidence that Australia's domination of international cricket is nearly over

We have been down this road before, thinking wishfully, ignoring history and hoping against all the evidence that Australia's domination of international cricket is nearly over. It's what a fool (such as I) thought before the last Ashes tour; there's wrong and there's 5-0, writes Kevin Mitchell in the Observer.

And yet... there is something clearly vulnerable about an Australia squad touring India, the toughest gig in the game, that, when it was selected, included four players - Doug Bollinger, Peter Siddle, Bryce McGain and Jason Krejza - who not only had not a single baggy green between them but were largely unknown outside the sports pages of the Sydney Morning Herald and other fine Australian newspapers ... But there are also three players who have broken into the Test team only in the past two years: Brad Haddin, Chris Rogers and Mitchell Johnson

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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